From the beginning there never was a secret, every mystery you have ever wondered about has been hidden in plain sight.

We are the Ātmeśvara Mārga School, and if we took ourselves seriously enough to have an "official" voice, this would be it. We are dedicated to the process of human integration, of moving from the segregated, mechanistic, conditioned state, to the Integrated, unconditioned state of the awake, adult human.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

A bit more about Yoga


Would you like to:

Increase your well-being and longevity?


Gain flexibility and strength?


Learn to be breathed by your movements?

Gain the energy needed for real change?




Everything is secret if you don’t know how to look. Often the simplest practices are what bring the greatest results in our efforts to wake up.

One of the best kept secrets in the yoga world, the 5 Tibetan Rites, is a series of poses and movements which are the foundation of a breath practice that energizes and invigorates the body, mind and spirt. Many health benefits are purported to be associated with on-going practice of the 5 Tibetan Rites. These include weight loss, lowered blood pressure, increased strength and flexibility, and benefit to the endocrine system.

Perhaps the greatest benefit derived from a dedicated practice of the 5 Tibetan Rites is learning to be breathed by your movements, or using your “body as bellows”. An understanding of how the lungs function and how the body makes use of oxygen indicates that learning to actively exhale and passively inhale is of great benefit.

One of the goals of this blog is creation of a meeting place to share experiences and questions concerning the practice of the 5 Tibetan Rites, a yogic practice with the potential to serve not only as an effective adjunct to your fitness regime, but also as a powerful catalyst to the process of awakening.

For the past year and half, we have been teaching the 5 Tibetan Rites to groups in Grand Rapids and are pleased to announce the 2009 Winter Session:

5 Tibetan Rites– 4 Week Class
When: Jan 24 ,Jan 31, Feb 7,
And Feb 14
Time: 10am - 12 Noon


Although called the “Tibetan” rites, evidence actually indicates this flow of exercise originated in the Pakistan/Indian region of Kashmir, and then traveled throughout the Himalayas. These exercises were taught to a retired English military officer who passed them to Peter Kelder in
the 1920’s. Kelder was responsible for introducing what he called the “5 Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation” to Westerners. Those familiar with yoga will recognize the poses, but even if you’ve never practiced yoga, they can easily be learned. Those who already do yoga will find it enhances their current practice. Regular practice will enhance the flow of energy (prana), balance the chakras and oxygenate the body. Once learned, the practice of the 5 Tibetans takes only about 15 minutes per day and will bring many benefits.



Thursday, December 25, 2008

What is Yoga?

अथ योगानुशासनम्
योगाचित्तवृइत्तिनिरोधः
तदा द्रष्टुः स्वरूपेअवस्थानम्
वृत्तिसारूप्यमितरत्र

Now, instructions of yoga (integration)

Yoga (integration) is the process of stilling the twisting and turning of the egoic (conditioned) thought processes.

Then "that within which perceives" is in its proper place as witness to the given.

Otherwise, "that within which perceives" is fixated on and identified with the contents of egoic thought processes.

Patanjali, The Yoga Sutras (translation mine)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Adulthood

Most human beings cease to develop at around the age of ten or twelve. The average seventy year-old is often a ten year-old with sixty years time-in-grade. Our societies are of, by. and for Human Children, which explains the self-perpetuating nature of this ghoulish malady. as well as most of the silliness we see in the world.

The Human Child who has spent years at the same developmental stage understands growth as a process of solidification: of slow hardening into a rigid mass In our world of Human Children, this mortification of the spirit is considered normal. healthy and respectable.

If we gauge societies in light of the developmental maturity of their citizens, we see very little difference. even between extremes. One society may be. on average, slightly further along than another. but the reality is that no society has advanced beyond the stage where girls play dress-up and boys torture frogs. If we lived in a society conducive to healthy. normal development, everyone would outgrow childhood in the personality structure at the same time we outgrow it in the physical structure, but there is no such society. and no reason to think there ever will be. We are trapped in a state of self-aware simian consciousness. That is the human condition.

Any of the negative things we might say about people in general—that we're greedy. corrupt, apathetic. stupid. hateful. violent. etcetera—are not symptoms of the human animal or the self-aware being, but of Human Childhood. Human Childhood. though. is itself just a symptom of the one core disease from which all others radiate: fear. Fear is the natural and certain state of one who lives with eyes closed. Ignorance is the condition of thinking one's closed eyes are open and that the world of one's imagining is the world as it exists.
Jed McKenna - Spiritual Warfare

Monday, December 8, 2008

Obstacles

Obstacles~ those pesky things situated between you and your desire. Rather than considering them stone mountains to be chipped away at, or shackles which must be endured, can you make your obstacles into a jungle gym, a swimming pool or a hammock?